1. Areas of Study
  2. Roots, Jazz, and American Music

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SFCM Students and Faculty at SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium

Roots, Jazz, and American Music is a first-of-its-kind program that links a world-class music conservatory to an award-winning jazz concert venue at SFJAZZ.

A program for undergraduate and postgraduate students that takes a holistic view of jazz from its inception to its current status, RJAM prepares the next generation of great jazz artists by engaging students in an innovative model of apprenticeship with all-star faculty, including members of the SFJAZZ Collective. Students in the RJAM program have the opportunity to perform in multiple venues in the Bay Area, and to collaborate and learn from some of the top jazz artists on the concert circuit today.

RJAM Side-by-Side at SFJAZZ


We’re waiting to show you around.

We look forward to your visit! Contact the Office of Admission to take a tour of our facilities. You can also contact the RJAM faculty directly to arrange a consultative lesson.


Get a feel for the curriculum.

We've saved a seat for you. During your visit to SFCM, sit in on a class or two and see what it's like to be a student at the Conservatory.

RJAM faculty member performing with students
Julian Lage teaching students RJAM


International jazz stars from across the street

The SFJAZZ Collective is an award-winning ensemble that records and performs regularly throughout the year. Now they’re your teachers.


Qualify yourself for the future.

Detailed curricula are available for all RJAM music degree at SFCM.


Grow with your band.

As an RJAM student, you’ll become part of a working ensemble of five to eight members, modeled after the SFJAZZ Collective itself. This ensemble will serve as your vehicle for development as a band member, composer, and performer. Other ensemble opportunities, including jazz orchestra, big band, and hybrid ensembles, will also be available at SFCM and through SFJAZZ programming.